Sew my second workshop on quilting with feed dogs up at G Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD went well on Friday and I am nearing completion of preparations for workshops three and four, which are both reportedly full and may even have a waiting list.
Yesterday I finally completed designing and quilting the sampler quiltlet for my fourth class, which is ruler work for sit down machines. I had quite a challenge with that one, because G Street asked me to use the Bernina ruler set for sit down machines. So it has taken me several designs and test samplers, but I wasn’t pleased with them until the one I finally finished yesterday (I still have to bind it). I will now adjust the schematic for the handout to match the end results and that is all I have to do to complete the handout. I was so happy to get this class designed.
Now I can turn the page to creating for the rest of the year and can think about my new show quilts I will make.
Speaking of pages, I created a new page with a link at the top of the blog on the right called Downloads and Links of Interest. This page so far has schematics for markging guidelines for practice quiltlets. In all my classes I am recommending that the quilters make themselves more quiltlets and practice, practice, practice. Actually, that sounds like work, but really it is more like play.
One of my students said she has been making a baby quilt to perfect her quilt making, though she has no baby in her family coming and was going to give it away. I suggested she give it to Project Linus, so I added a link to that on the new page. This is a wonderful way to improve your quilting and do something wonderful at the same time. Don’t send them real disaster quilts, but as you get some that are pretty and nice, though not necessarily perfect, wash them and go ahead and send them.
I also added links to rulers I like and videos of their creators using them. I will be adding more links in time, and plan on making videos myself of work at my machines and more Bernina V8 embroideries, and I will provide links to those on this new page.
I was considering stopping making show quilting earlier this year, wondering if I was accomplishing anything with them. So after some thought and prayer, I woke up one day really excited about work in my studio. I decided I can use my show quilts for examples in new books and showing how tos for my classes. Making a show quilt keeps me on my fabric art toes. I don’t let things that should be unstitched and restitched go by. I fix what is “wrong”, and I come out with a better quilt. So for a few more years at least I will continue to compete. I always get excited when I start working on a show quilt. I get frustrated too, but will usually come up with a solution when I run into a problem.
So the future in my studio now seems bright and interesting with a concentration on show quilts and books, together with the occassional set of classes. Join me in my journey…check out the new page. I am also planning on providing more little tutorials here in my blog space and alerting you to my videos in the future.
Sew happy everyone! Try something new in your sewing space and practice…consider it playing because it is fun! Be sure to branch out and make a beautiful project. Smaller quilts are great first items…table runners, lap quilts, baby quilts, dog quilts, vests, and quilted bags.